CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Western Carolina men's and women's cross country teams wrapped up their regular season Friday night at the Queen City Invitational in Charlotte, N.C. The women finished third out of a field of 13 teams while the men took seventh in a 12-team affair.
Junior Christina Nikolaou of the women's team was WCU's top finisher as she took 12th in the women's 5K race. Nikolaou posted a time of 18:26 which is tied for the 13th fastest 5K time in program history. Sophomores Lindsey Trotter and Shawnda Martin finished 16th and 17th overall to finish second and third for the Catamounts. Trotter rounded the course in 18:39 while Martin clocked in at 18:41. Trotter's time will put her 21st in the WCU record book for 5K times.
Sophomore Isaiah Hanna led the men's side as he took 23rd overall. He completed the 8K distance in 25:42. Hanna's time ranks as the 23rd fastest 8K time in program history. Sophomore Tyler Robakiewicz was WCU's second finisher and took 30th overall. He crossed the line in 25:57 which will place him 29th on the WCU all-time list for 8K times.
Junior Jordan Bostian and sophomores Justin Tucker and Ian Reesh rounded out WCU's scoring five on the men's side. Bostian clocked in at 26:08 to claim 39th overall while Tucker and Reesh finished 43rd and 44th, respectively. Tucker stopped the clock at 26:13 while Reesh came in one second later at 26:14.
Junior Kaitlyn Lingard and senior Madison Goode took the final two spots in the women's scoring five. Lingard edged Goode in the race as she finished 25th at 19:16 while Goode came in at 26th after rounding the course in 19:18.
Davidson won the women's race as they turned in a near perfect performance with 19 points. Mount Olive finished in second with 60 points while Western Carolina rounded out the podium with 76 points.
The men's race was won by Mount Olive who had 31 points. Davidson (44) and Lenoir-Rhyne (122) rounded out the top three. WCU (157) finished just ahead of Gardner-Webb (264) and Presbyterian (288).
The Catamounts will now begin final preparations for the 2017 Southern Conference Championships which will take place Saturday, Oct. 28 in Spartanburg, S.C.